Arguing for Design Thinking Interventions as a Form of Artistic Interventions

Title: Arguing for Design Thinking Interventions as a Form of Artistic Interventions
Author: Ulla Johansson Sköldberg and Jill Woodilla
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Affiliation: Business and Design Lab, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
DOI:  10.3384/svid.2000-964X.13240
First published: 2013-12
Year: 2013
Pages: 1-8
Number of pages: 8
Language: English
Publisher:

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation/Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping University, Sweden

Publication type: Journal article
Journal: Swedish Design Research Journal
ISSN: 2000-964X
   

Abstract

Drawing on data from two projects where artists used their artistic competence as organizational change facilitators, we argue for a theoretical coupling of the discourse(s) of design thinking to research streams within art-and-management. The artistic dimension of design, the practice perspective and the artistic process should be considered if we are to understand the full potential of design thinking for companies. 

This paper describes two artistic intervention projects that highlight valuable ways artists can contribute to organizational innovation and change.  We begin with the theoretical frame of reference and a short methodological statement, followed by the empirical material.  In the analysis section we point to ways in which such interventions are similar to ones led by designers when we consider the designer’s process as individualized and contextualized.  Finally, we draw conclusions.

Keywords:  Artistic intervention, Design thinking, Innovation   

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